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Hermoso hearing in Rubiales case pushed back to January

The judge leading an investigation into former Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales kissing Jenni Hermoso at the Women’s World Cup final trophy ceremony has pushed back the footballer’s hearing to January.

Rubiales eventually resigned over the issue — he insisted the kiss post Spain winning the trophy in Australia in August was consensual — and is being investigated for alleged sexual assault and coercion.

Judge Francisco de Jorge, leading the investigation against Rubiales, initially summoned Hermoso for questioning on Tuesday but he has rescheduled it for January 2 at 10 am (0900 GMT), the National Court said in a statement.

One of the reasons for this change is scheduling issues faced by Rubiales’ lawyer, it added.

Hermoso, 33, reported the incident to the courts in early September. Currently Rubiales is banned from being within 200 metres of Hermoso.

Former women’s national team coach Jorge Vilda, the director of the men’s national team, Albert Luque, and the RFEF’s marketing director are also under investigation for allegedly putting pressure on Hermoso.

Numerous witnesses haven given evidence in court including two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, among other team-mates of Hermoso.

Rubiales’ conduct, caught on camera, provoked a wave of international outrage and led to his suspension by world football governing body FIFA.

Rubiales eventually resigned on September 10 after initially refusing to.

Hermoso was left out of Spain coach Montse Tome’s first squad list but returned for Nations League matches in October and has been called up for further games in December.

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